At stake was whether 129 million Americans could be denied health coverage because of their pre-existing conditions, whether more than 30 million Americans could finally afford health insurance.
That's why today's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act was so historic. The highest court in the land upheld what we've known all along: Obamacare is constitutional. And, as President Obama noted, "they've affirmed a fundamental principle that here in America, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin."
Today's ruling also throws into stark relief what's at stake in this election. Because even though Congress passed health reform, the President signed it into law, and the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality, Republicans are going to spend the next few months fighting tooth and nail to repeal health reform.
Their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, says he would "kill it dead" on day one of his presidency.
Thanks to Obamacare, 17 million kids with pre-existing conditions can no longer be turned down by insurance companies. Romney wants to take that away.
86 million Americans have already benefited from expanded access to preventive services like mammograms and colonoscopies. Romney wants to take that away.
And 3.6 million seniors and people with disabilities in the Medicare donut hole have saved an average of $604 on prescription drugs. Romney wants to take that away.
Whether or not that happens is now squarely in our hands. So today, stand up with President Obama in support of health care for all Americans—and send a message to Romney and Republicans that the American people don't want repeal.